Through consultations, conversations, and feedback with educators, Alberta Education heard literacy success stories across the province. We identified six key themes that require this focused attention. Literacy First: A Plan for Action is Alberta Education’s response to the six key literacy themes
The Living Literacy Framework was prepared by Education, Innovation and Advanced Education and Human Services [tri-ministry partners]. It builds on the strengths of the current Kindergarten to Grade 12 education system, advanced education system and workforce development programs. Four goals [increase literacy, build awareness, enhance opportunities, facilitate partnerships] were identified in the Living Literacy Framework, as were specific priority actions, five intermediate outcomes, and nine indicators to measure increased literacy levels.
As part of the vision of "Inspiring Education", Alberta Education is moving forward with "Curriculum Redesign", which involves developing new curriculum (programs of study, resources, and assessment) for Kindergarten to Grade 12 that will be built on a foundation of literacy and numeracy. Literacy and numeracy benchmarks will be an integral part of the curriculum and will enable teachers to better determine individual student needs and help support more personalized learning.
The review of AISI projects for this 2010 document began in January 2009. All 462 AISI Cycle 2 projects and all 388 Cycle 3 projects were reviewed with the broader definition of literacy as the focus. Seventeen projects were selected and grouped into five categories, which emerged during the review process: Creative and Critical Thinking, Cross-curricular Connections, Diversity-Addressing Multiple Literacies, Professional Development, Technology/Digital Literacy.
This resource is intended to support schools and district leaders in Social Studies and provide access to processes and strategies that will facilitate ongoing conversations and learning opportunities focused on using children’s literature in Social Studies.
A resource document compiled by Bev Smith, Lethbridge School District No. 51.
Read Aloud is a strategy in which a teacher sets aside time to read orally to students on a consistent basis from texts above their independent reading level but at their listening level.
We read aloud because it is pleasurable and invites visualization and imagination. It supports reading and writing lessons, is relevant to all curriculum, coaches students so they can be successful in their book clubs and during independent reading, models thinking processes and also familiarizes students with text structures and genres.
On behalf of ARPDC, a large cohort of literacy leaders from the greater Edmonton area (ERLC) collaboratively developed a series of Elementary Literacy Guides in 2016-17 to support teachers, administrators, learning coaches and other educational staff.
These eleven learning guides provide a foundational understanding of the key components of elementary literacy instruction. Each guide includes a snapshot of the identified literacy component, connections to the Alberta English Language Arts Programs of Study K-6, planning and assessment guidelines, insights from consultants and literacy experts, photos and videos of the strategies in action, and recommended resources, as well as options for modifications, technology integration and considerations for inclusion.
These guides are not intended to replace professional resources that already exist. Rather, they provide a solid starting point for educators seeking to build an effective program and/or enhance what they are already doing based on the most current thinking, approaches, and tools in the field of elementary literacy.
Students benefit from different levels and types of instructional strategies and supports, depending on their strengths and needs. This section includes Making a Difference: Meeting diverse learning needs with differentiated instruction, and sample strategies and supports for language arts and mathematics. Use this information to select instructional strategies and supports that will make the most difference for your students.
More Website Links
|BC Education Reading Benchmarks|
|BC Education Writing Benchmarks|
|Edmonton Public Writing Exemplars (HLAT)|
|Florida Center for Reading Research|
|Illustrative Examples - Grades K-6 & 7-9|
|Literacy for All|
|Literacy: Reading Strategies|
|Literacy Routines - from the Houston Independent School Dist.|
|More Than Wheat and Snow - For Canadian literature lovers and teachers who care about Canadian resources for young adults.|
|Ontario Ministry of Education - Think Literacy Strategies|
|Overdrive - an ebook subscription for all students in LRSD|
|ReadWorks - ReadWorks is a free resource committed to solving reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.|
|Read Write Think|
|Ted Talks: The danger of a single story|
|The Canadian Reader|
|Toondoo - for making comic strips|
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LITERATURE
Reading Essentials: Regie Routman
Writing Essentials: Regie Routman
Daily Five: Gail Boushey and Joan Moser www.dailycafe.com
Do I Really have to Teach Reading?: Cris Tovani
I Read it but I Don’t Get It: Cris Tovani
When Kids Can’t Read: Kylene Beers
The Continuum of Literacy Learning: Fountas and Pinnell
Guided Reading: Fountas and Pinnell
The Fountas and Pinnell Levelled Book List: Fountas and Pinnell
ASCD (US based) book resource
Comprehension from the Ground Up, Sharon Taberski
When Readers Struggle- Irene Fountas, GaySu Pinnell
Strategies That Work: Stephanie Harvey
Making a Difference - Alberta Education
Getting to Got It!- Helping Struggling Students Learn How to Learn, Betty Garner